Is Mister Rogers Our New Bisexual Icon?

Mr. Rogers: "..I have found women attractive, and I have found men attractive."

Fred Rogers

Just like that, Mister Rogers — a character created by former minister Fred Rogers for the popular children’s TV series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — has reappeared in the public consciousness, thanks to both a 2018 documentary by Morgan Neville and an upcoming biopic that will see Tom Hanks take on the role of the beloved TV personality. But as you may have noticed, this week people have also started to refer to Mister Rogers as a “bisexual icon”? What on Earth could be behind that?

In a recent Twitter thread, YouTuber Cece Ewing talked about a recent conversation she had with her grandmother about how the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood host was, in fact, bisexual.

Another Twitter user, Gabriel Lunesce, then cited an exerpt from The Good Neighbor, a biography about Rogers by author Maxwell King, where Rogers himself talked about his sexuality and being attracted to both men and women.

Of course, people were ecstatic at the prospect of Mister Rogers becoming the internet's new bi icon...

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